Tag:Joaquin Arias
Posted on: December 20, 2010 8:48 pm

Arias designated for assignment

Joaquin Arias Remember when Joaquin Arias was a hot prospect? Yeah, neither do I. But he was. In 2004, he was the second player sent with Texas with Alfonso Soriano for Alex Rodriguez. And as recently as 2008, he batted .296 at Triple-A.

This August, he was traded to the Mets straight up for Jeff Francoeur (and cash). The Mets put him on waivers in November, and the Royals picked him up. But now he's been displaced as the Royals needed roster space for the prospects picked up in the Zack Greinke trade. He cleared waivers Sunday and was designated for assignment Monday, as noted by mlbtraderumors.com.

Arias, 26, is serviceable with the glove and can play in the infield or outfield, but he's never hit at the big-league level. His career .276 average doesn't look that bad, but his on-base percentage is a miserable .250 and he has yet to hit a major-league homer in 275 plate appearances.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 3:31 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 3:35 pm

Cruz on DL for 3rd time this season

Nelson Cruz For the third time this season, Nelson Cruz is headed to the disabled list -- and for a strained left hamstring for the second time.

An MRI on Sunday revealed no tear, but inflammation in and around the muscle.

His first trip the DL was in April with a strained right hamstring.

When he's not on the DL, Cruz is having a great season, hitting .320/.381/.587 with 16 homers and 64 home runs. Between Cruz and Josh Hamilton, the Rangers have two of the most exciting outfielders in the game, yet both have had injury troubles that hurt their value.

The move is retroactive to Sunday, so he's eligible to return on Aug. 30.

The Rangers activated Joaquin Arias from the disabled list.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 29, 2010 9:42 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 3:46 am

Rangers open to adding 2B

Jon Daniels
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has had a great year, putting together a first-place team and then adding to it with Cliff Lee and Jorge Cantu despite financial constraints.

Well, Daniels might not be done. He indicated to the Dallas Morning News on Thursday that the groin strain suffered by All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler is going to keep him out until "mid- to late-August," and he's open to another trade to make sure the Rangers are covered at second.

Cantu, acquired from Florida on Thursday, has played second, but not with any regularity since 2006. The Rangers want him to stick with first base.

"We're still open-minded," Daniels said. "I think we can be a little more selective now. I don't think we have to do anything else. But if we can improve the club without cutting into our core, we'd be open to that. I don't think you are ever done."

The Rangers are currently playing Joaquin Arias and Andres Blanco at second. There are a few players thought to be available who can play second, including Dan Uggla (although he's still owed about $2.6 million, and you'd think he would have been packaged with Cantu if Texas was interested), Ty Wigginton and possibly Adam Kennedy and Ryan Theriot.

-- David Andriesen

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